Lycoming Engines is now taking orders for experimental non-certified versions of its 233 series Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) engine.
“The 233-LSA series in an important new engine in Lycoming’s product line, meeting the needs of the growing LSA market,” says Michael Kraft, Lycoming senior vice president and general manager, who notes the engine is capable of running on unleaded automotive fuels as well as avgas.
Introduced at EAA Airventure 2008, the engine features dual CDI spark ignition, an optimized oil sump, a streamlined accessory housing, hydraulically adjusted tappets, a lightweight starter, and a lightweight alternator with integral voltage regulator. It has a dry weight of 213 pounds and offers continuous power ratings up to 115 horsepower at 2800 rpm. TBO is 2,400 hours. The engine has been flying on a Corvus Aircraft Phantom.
The initial standard version of the engine is carbureted. Lycoming continues to incorporate input from pilots and manufacturers all over the world, which will result in both carbureted and injected configurations of the product, officials added.
Certification for the engine is pending. Until then, manufacturers can order non-certified versions through Lycoming’s OEM sales staff. Owners/operators can purchase a 233 through Lycoming’s Thunderbolt line of custom engines.
For more information: Lycoming.com or 800-258-3279.
Dean Billing says
“â€œThe 233-LSA series in an important new engine in Lycomingâ€™s product line, meeting the needs of the growing LSA market,â€ says Michael Kraft, Lycoming senior vice president and general manager, who notes the engine is capable of running on unleaded automotive fuels as well as avgas.”
And just where in the U.S. does Mr. Kraft suggest that pilots get mogas for this engine??? Is Lycoming supporting any programs to get a second tank and pump on airports for mogas?